Homework Help

Relative humidity decreases with increasing temperature, but in tropical countries like...

user profile pic

sherryseah | Student, Grade 9 | Salutatorian

Posted July 7, 2013 at 4:54 AM via web

dislike 1 like

Relative humidity decreases with increasing temperature, but in tropical countries like singapore, relative humidity increases, why is this so ?

1 Answer | Add Yours

user profile pic

jerichorayel | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted July 31, 2013 at 1:48 PM (Answer #2)

dislike 2 like

Relative humidity is a measure of ratio of actual density of the vapour over its saturation density at any given temperature. The amount of water vapour in the air is dependent of the temperature of the surrounding and the pressure with the altitude of the place.

Generally, relative humidity decreases as with an increasing temperature. As temperature is increase, kinetic energy is increased thus releasing the water molecules in the atmosphere. Now, in the tropical countries, the weather is somehow different. Tropical countries have are more humid than other countries. There are more suspended water molecules at any temperature compared to other countries. 

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes